By Lydia Anderson
“Stay young FOREVER!” It’s the underlying ingredient in cosmetic sales and mixes itself into creams, moisturizers, and more. Health programs advertise that “you’ll feel 25 again!” (And from the perspective of a barely 20/broke college student, I’m not sure that’s as good of a deal as it’s made out to be...)
I remember reading books in school about kings and emperors who fought valiantly in the pursuit of immortality. Pirates of the Caribbean depicts fictitious scenes of both action and humor as they fight to get to the “fountain of youth.” In the real world, the famous Terracotta Warriors were crafted by Emperor Qin, a man terrified by death. He was determined to maintain power after his earthly life ended and his clay army would protect him in the afterlife. Though these stories took place in a day when superstition didn’t seem so out of place, I still firmly believe the same narrative continues today.
As a kid, I really feared the vulnerability of life. The stories on the news told unending tales of people snatched away unexpectedly and far too soon. My parents always taught me about heaven, but the things I didn’t understand created a sense of unease in my life.
Things of eternity are unending, unchanging, and valid for all time—that means that death holds no power to permanently end eternal things. Eternity also conveys some sense of divinity. So while moisturizers smell great and I love the endorphins from exercise, the only way we’ll reach eternal joy is never found in the things of this world.
God and Jesus Christ, the only ones with true power over death, give each one of us life without end. Each person who’s ever lived and (will ever live) will rise above defeated and broken mortal bodies. Death that once brought such profound loss, will have no sting and everyone will be restored to the life they chose to lead.
So now is the time to create a life you’re excited to return to! Heavenly Father offers us the treasures of eternity and access to His kingdom. Unlike resurrection, this gift takes perseverance and the completion of a couple specific steps. Heavenly Father’s laid these steps out for us and as we follow Him, He’s promised to reveal the mysteries of eternity to us. This isn’t just a promise for the next life or when we get older, but is available in whatever phase of life we’re currently in!
I am amazed that the unending, eternal nature of our Creator is placed in each one of us. As a missionary, I taught that life did not begin at birth nor will it end with death. As a human, I get to enjoy all the blessings that brings and as a believer, I get to decide how it will change my life.
What does eternity mean to you?
Lydia and Jordan Anderson grew up near Salt Lake City, Utah. After serving missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, they met, fell in love, and were married in August 2018. Now they spend their days working to build their eternity together and hope to help you on your own journey back to God.